Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Spring Easter Wreath

Here's a simple Spring and/or Easter wreath made with upcycled jeans.
Easter wreath with bunny garlands with upcycled denim  jeans

Do you like to welcome the seasons with some home decorating? I confess in our house we decorate the house for Christmas each year but don't do a huge amount the rest of the year. So when Hobbycraft sent me some Easter crafting goodies it seemed like a great chance to step out of my comfort zone and make some pretty things to welcome the spring into our home. 

I tried out 2 different garland ideas, one with bunnies and one with flowers, thinking it could be suitable for Easter or more general spring/summer decorating. 
Spring wreath with daisy garland and recycled denim
To make an Easter or Spring wreath you will need:
A Polystyrene wreath form, mine is this 25cm one from Hobbycraft
An old pair of jeans
Faux Flowers, mine are these from Hobbycraft
Scraps of scrapbook paper and thin white card
Pom Poms - I had this huge bag from Hobbycraft
Bakers twine or string
A length of ribbon for hanging

You'll also need: 
A hot glue gun, like this one from Hobbycraft
Scissors
A flower punch or cutting machine (if you have either of these it'll be quicker but you can still make this without!) 

Start by cutting long strips of denim from the jeans, about 2 inches wide and as long as you can make them. I used the back of both legs on one adult sized pair of jeans, and got 2 long and 1 slightly shorter strip from each leg. 

Wrap the strips of denim round the wreath form, securing at the ends with hot glue. 
Spring wreath with upcycled jeans
As you come to the end of each strip of denim, just secure the end with a blob of hot glue then start a new strip, overlapping slightly. If you end up with a silly little gap towards the end like I did, just start a new strip then cut off any excess.

Attach a few faux flowers in a cluster on one side using hot glue.
Spring wreath with upcycled jeans
Any idea why I thought my scissors needed to be in this photo??? 

To make the flower garland, punch 10 flowers from thin white card. You can draw and cut them out with scissors if you don't have a suitable punch or cutting machine, it will just take you a little longer! 
making a daisy flower garland
Curl the petals on half of the flowers just pinching them between your thumb and forefinger and pulling. Glue the flowers in pairs, a flat flower topped with a curved petal flower, staggering the petals.
Cut a length of string or bakers twine long enough to go over your wreath, and wrap round a few times.
Hot glue the flowers to the twine then add a pom pom to each centre.

I found it easiest to lay the flowers out in a line on a heat proof surface and apply a blob of hot glue and press the twine down into it. I did one at a time  - well... at first I did all the glue blobs together and quickly realised that they cool and harden too quickly for that and one at a time is better!
Daisy spring flower garland


To make the rabbit garland, make a tiny rabbit template from a scrap of old card. You can use mine, just right click and copy, or look online for a bunny template that takes your fancy.
If you have a lovely cutting machine of some sort I guess you could use that.
making a bunny rabbit garland
Once you have your template use it to cut 5 bunnies from pastel patterned scrapbook papers. I went for the slightly thicker papers, the ones that are like thin card. It's a great way to use up some of those little pieces that get left over from other projects. 
Attach them to a length of twine in the same way as the flowers, lay them face down in a line and then add the hot glue and twine one at a time. 
To finish, hot glue a little pom pom to each bunny as a tail.
Bunny garland for an Easter Wreath

Attach the garland of your choice to the wreath. You can just wrap the twine round a few times and tuck the ends under, it doesn't need to be glued. That way you can switch out the garland whenever you like.
I finished the wreath with a length of pastel ribbon I'd had in my stash for years to hang it up.
Spring wreath with upcycled jeans
Do you have a preference? I think I like the rabbits best, or maybe the the daisies ...... I'm not sure!

It has been fun to create some Easter decorations, Hobbycraft have loads more ideas here if you are looking for extra inspiration. 
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Upcycled Spring Vase & Pen Pot
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I'll be linking up this project at all these lovely link parties, pop over for a look at loads of projects from other blogs
Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo

Hello, I'm Julie. I love making things and this is where I share my enthusiasm.

21 comments:

  1. Such a pretty little project for Spring / Easter. A great idea!

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  2. What a gorgeous happy spring wreath, and made with denim perfect! I have pinned this to my denim board.

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    1. Thanks Claire, I have a denim pinterest board too - it's one of those things that just begs to be reused once the jeans are grown out of or are beyond repair.

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  3. Must admit we do decorate for 'those days' ie Easter, Valentines, mid-summers day etc.
    Think the wreath is fantastic and good to celebrate these days, decorating is not jut for Christmas

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    1. I'm getting used to the idea of seasonal decorating, it's fun to be creative all year round.

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  4. Hi! Love this wreath - especially the part about using up scraps of fabric you already have on hand. I love to make new stuff out of old or leftover stuff, so this is a project I'll have to try. Stopping by from the Handmade Monday linky party. Hope to connect again next week at the party! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

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    1. Thanks Nina, I'm a big fan of a reuse or upcycle project too.

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  5. Aww Julie I really love your wreaths. I've never used denim before for a wreath but it is a great idea. Must steal this! And I think I am partial to the cute bunnies!

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    1. You can steal my ideas any time Mary! The bunnies are cute aren't they?

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  6. What a fun upcycled wreath. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the
    #InspirationSpotlight @DearCreatives

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  7. Cute, cute wreath! I love the pom pom centers to your daisies and the denim is fun. Truly, I don't think I could pick a favorite, but maybe I'd have to go with the bunnies, if forced to choose. Thank you so much for sharing at My Busy Beehives #beeparty.

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    1. Luckily you are not forced to choose, liking both is allowed (just as well as i still can't decide!)

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  8. I like both of the wreaths and plan to do the one with flowers for my summer door decoration. I decorate three doors at my house, so I will have many opportunities. Love those daisies and their pom pom centers! The denim makes it just casual enough to enjoy all summer! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Barb, the denim gives a casual feel I suppose doesn't it? Three doors sounds like a commitment but also a fab opportunity to try lots of different ideas.

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  9. Love the wreaths, the spring one is my favorite! Thanks so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle this week. Pinned!!

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    1. Thanks Laurie, and thanks for sharing.

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  10. Julie, I admire anyone who takes the time to use scissors and cut out such cute little things like the bunnies. I had no idea there were punches that you could use to make flowers like this. What a lovely wreath! Thank you for joining us at TADA! Thursdays

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    1. It's because I am a cutting machine free zone - I have to wield my scissors! It's actually not too difficult and the patterned paper disguises any wobbly cutting very nicely.

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